General Eisenhower returning home to Washington, DC after World War Ii, by way of Paris and London.
United States USA Date:1945, June 18 Duration:7 min 23 sec Sound:Yes
With the war ended, General Dwight D. Eisenhower is feted in London, on his way home to America. He is seen stepping into a ceremonial horse-drawn carriage, as throngs of spectators line the sidewalks to watch. Accompanied by British Air Marshal Arthur Tedder, Eisenhower rides in the carriage, escorted by police on white horses. Crowds cheer Ike from the sidewalks as the carriage passes. The carriage stops at the London Guildhall. (A sign reads: "Site of the Guildhall Chapel, 1299-1822.") Inside, Sir Frank Alexander, Lord Mayor of London, is seen making Ike an honorary citizen of London and presenting him a token sword that once belonged to the Duke of Wellington. Outside, the streets are jammed with London well-wishers who applaud and cheer the Supreme Allied Commander as his carriage passes them on the way to Mansion House. At some points, Eisenhower stands and acknowledges the crowds cheers and he sometimes salutes, while seated. Glimpse of spectators jammed side-by-side in the streets. Eisenhower is seen standing on the balcony of Mansion House, flanked by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in a top hat. The balcony is decorated with British and American flags. Sounds of the cheering crowd can be heard as Ike says: "Whether or not you know it, I am now a Londoner, myself." The crowd cheers. He continues: "I have just as much right to be down in that crowd, yelling, as you have." He goes on to make other remarks about the peaceful state of things. He bids all farewell and he and Churchill turn to enter the building. Scene shifts completely to the Arch of Triumph in Paris, where General Eisenhower is seen ceremoniously laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. He steps back to stand beside French General Charles de Gaulle. They and accompanying military officers salute. The memorial flame at the tomb fills the foreground. Next, in a closeup, General de Gaulle is seen decorating Eisenhower with the Medal of Liberation. Glimpse of enthusiastic French citizens cheering as Eisenhower tours the city with de Gaulle, in an open car escorted by police on motorcycles. They proceed along the Champs Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background. Ike and de Gaulle both stand as they drive along. Closeup from moving vehicle passing close to crowd. Views from rear as the car and escorts move through the spectator-lined streets. Similar views from ahead. Scene shifts to Eisenhower finally arriving in the United States. A pointed arch supports a large American flag above a "Welcome Ike" banner. General Eisenhower steps from an airplane in Washington,DC, where Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower greets him. The two pose for the camera. Next, a motorcade of jeeps travels along Pennsylvania Avenue. The Post Office building is seen on the right and the capitol in the far background. District Commissioners present Ike keys to the City. Views of jeep motorcade proceeding along Pennsylvania Avenue. Eisenhower standing in a jeep acknowledging the crowds. As they reach the capitol, a disabled veteran gives something to Ike. Inside, Eisenhower makes his way to the podium to address a joint session of the Congress. View of Ike addressing the session, with Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn and president pro tempore of the United States Senate, Kenneth Douglas McKellar, behind him. (The latter was serving as President of the Senate, in the temporary absence of a Vice President, after Harry Truman became President upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.)
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